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Posts from — August 2013

Throwback Friday Funnies

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This is “Throwback” Friday Funnies because although these no longer apply to me, those of you with kids at home, young kids especially, will really relate.

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And yes, each and every one of these were applicable to me, back in the day!

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I hope you enjoy them and be sure and leave me a comment telling me which of these you can relate to either now, or way back when…

safety

My favorite!

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August 30, 2013   3 Comments

cool pointy peppers

sweet pointed peppers

While shopping at Costco recently, I was looking for the mixed bell peppers I usually buy. I stumbled across these cool looking “sweet pointed red peppers” instead.

They taste exactly like red bell peppers. So, I decided to stuff them for a pretty new twist on your everyday stuffed bell peppers.

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August 29, 2013   1 Comment

simple stir-fry

I really love stir-fry. When I have a plethora of fresh vegetables on hand, there is nothing I’d rather make.

stir fry equipment

With a little prep, a nutritious and colorful dinner comes together in a matter of minutes.

More often than not, I don’t even take the time to make rice. None of my family seems to miss it, so why bother?

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August 28, 2013   1 Comment

sizzlin’ fajitas

Connor is between semesters at school so he is home for a couple of weeks. On Sunday, I asked him to decide what we’d have for dinner and he didn’t hesitate – he requested fajitas.

fajita fixins

It’s been ages since I’ve made ‘em, so I went all out and cooked up not only traditional beef, but also shrimp and chicken. The best part about that… we had plenty of leftover beef and had tacos on Monday night. Yay for leftovers!

flap meat

Connor and I shopped at Food City for our meal. In our search for skirt steak, we happily stumbled upon flap meat. Flap meat can be difficult or next to impossible to find at standard grocery stores like Safeway, so when I come across it, I can’t help but get a little excited.

Flap meat comes from the bottom sirloin, and although it’s from a similar region as flank steak or skirt steak, it’s a different cut. The flap is not very tender, but it is well-marbled and very flavorful. It’s sometimes called flap steak or bavette and is an excellent meat for carne asada and fajitas.

If you can’t find flap, use either skirt or flank steak for this recipe.

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August 27, 2013   2 Comments

pom-tastic

5 poms

I have the most beautiful and bountiful pomegranate tree in my backyard.

3 poms and empty basket

I had the tree planted when we did a complete remodel of our yard, five years ago.

pom bounty

It produces bigger and better looking fruit each year.

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August 26, 2013   2 Comments

Friday funnies

absorb

That would be the best Super Power EVER!

snort

Been there. Done that.

saving

I had not thought of this! I need to save more!

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August 23, 2013   4 Comments

Sweet Salvage purchase update

salvaged tin

After the July Sweet Salvage sale and in my subsequent “what I bought” post, I promised to show and tell you what I did with the tin molding piece I purchased. You may recall that I wanted to use it as a window valance.

The need for a valance arises from that fact that I can’t stand looking at the nasty metal venetian blinds in our master bath for another minute.

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Problem was – the tin piece was about 10-inches too short to cover the full width of the window. It took over a month, but I finally solved the length issue when I found two square tin ceiling tiles, one for each side of the long piece.

vintage tin valance

Since this window is in the shower/toilet/tub area of the bathroom, full coverage is needed in the morning and at night, but during the day I like to pull up the blinds to bring in light and see out onto the backyard.

tin valance

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August 22, 2013   2 Comments

neighborhood bunco appetizer

I hate to always brag, but I live in the greatest neighborhood. Oh, how I do love and appreciate my neighbors!

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Along with our Amazing Progressive Dinner Parties, we have fun monthly Bunco nights. Unfortunately, I’m only make it a couple times a year, since they usually fall on a night that I’m working at Les Gourmettes Cooking School.

Happily, I was able to attend last week. It was so nice catching up with everyone after the long hot summer. NOT that the Long Hot Summer is anywhere near over, but families are back in town and the kids are back in school, so that “summer” is over.

Players bring an appetizer, salad, dessert, or drink to share. I brought these tasty little treats.

pepperoni pizza skewers

By the way – did you know that string cheese freezes great? It doesn’t change texture at all.

stringcheesesticks

I suppose that proves it’s not exactly real cheese, but it sure did come in handy when I pulled what I had left, from some that I had bought for Connor, out of the freezer.

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August 21, 2013   No Comments

get dinner on the table

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m just like you – some nights it is sheer drudgery to make dinner. This is how I feel on those days…

yippee

This recipe was made on one of those nights. Going to the grocery store was not even a remote option – it’s too blazing hot to even think of getting in and out of the car.

I had frozen scallops in the freezer, fresh mushrooms and cream cheese in the refrigerator, dried mushrooms and pasta in the pantry, and herbs in the garden… so this is what I made.

There were no complaints …. but if there were….

eat it or starve

I think I’ve reached the end of my rope with this summer heat. Oh, who am I kidding? In all honesty, that is always my attitude.

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August 20, 2013   4 Comments

the Sweet Salvage occasional sale

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If you’ve read this blog for more than a month or two, you already know that I adore Sweet Salvage and their occasional sale. I’ve written about my monthly obsession nearly two dozen times in the last two years. Sweet Salvage is only open the 3rd Thursday of each month for four days. The rest of the month the über-talented “Sweet Gang” are out “picking” new merchandize and using it to create mindbogglingly beautiful vignettes – all centered around a fun monthly theme. I’m consistently blown away by the gorgeous scenes these ladies set with their well-priced vintage finds.

sweet salvage storefront

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This weekend, Sweet Salvage celebrates its 2-year birthday with the “Chapter Two” themed sale.

pig mold

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Each month on the Sweet Salvage Facebook page, there are questions posted that followers may answer to then be entered into a contest. The names of a lucky five are drawn. Then the chosen few receive VIP 15-minute early entry into the sale on the highly anticipated opening day.

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Guess who was one of the lucky five to be drawn as a winner this month.  Yeah, ME!

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I didn’t realize I’d won until I was sent an alert that blog-follower, Betsy, had tagged me in a FB comment. Thank you Betsy for the heads up!

shopping bag

I invited Sheila as my BSB (best shopping buddy) and we had the best time with our 15 minutes of stress free, first pick, shopping spree. Maybe too much fun in my case. Here is part of what I snagged this month at Sweet Salvage. Ooh, and they gave us a burlap shopping bag too. Sweet!

I’m going to begin with my favorite find this month, instead of close with it. That is how EXCITED I am to have found it.

crepe plate

It is a 12-inch round, 2-inch high metal plate with a list of recipe ingredients around the perimeter.

crepe ingredients

Can you figure out what these ingredients make?  (1  1/4 cups flour; pinch of salt; 3 eggs, beaten; 1  1/2 cups milk; 2 tbsp butter, melted)

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August 17, 2013   3 Comments